May 16, 2012
Original source of this work
Actually, this is not a review but an information about the original source of this work. 'Haz bien ...' is the Spanish version of a one-act comic opera by Franco-irish composer Joseph O'Kelly (1828-1885). The original title is 'La Zingarella', performed on 4 consecutive nights in Paris, Opéra Comique, from 26 February 1879. While O'Kelly is referred to on the frontispiece, the original French librettists are not: it was a collaboration between Jules Adenis and Jules Montini. These performances were even preceded by performances in French spa towns in the previous summer (1878) which I was not able to identify so far.
The original French libretto was published in Paris in 1879 by Tresse. The music was published in a vocal score in the same year by A. O'Kelly, who incidentally was the composer's brother Auguste.
O'Kelly whose father was Irish was born in Boulogne-sur-mer, northern France (not in 1829, as most sources claim, but in 1828). Some of his works were published in Spain (Romero y Marzo, in Madrid) which is probably the reason why he was known in Spain.